Green Gifts to Show Your Love
By Lara Jackson
If you’re considering picking out a fun gift for your furry friend this Valentine’s Day, why not make it an eco-friendly one?
Here are some fun green alternatives for your pet’s toy chest this year:
Orbee-Tuff Mazee balls from Planet Dog
Orbee-Tuff toys (PlanetDog.com). Not only are these toys non-toxic and 100% recyclable, but Planet Dog reuses the post-production material and “regrinds” it, molding it into additional toys. In fact there’s a whole line of regrind toys, like the Orbee-Tuff RecycleBALL.
- Catty Stacks (CattyStacks.com). What cat doesn’t love snuggling up on or inside boxes? Catty Stacks offer a more durable and fashionable alternative for Fluffy and her friends. Made from recycled, recyclable, and decorated with vegetable-based inks, you can configure different shapes and mix and match colors for kitty to enjoy and play.
- Earthdog.com offers a wide selection of eco-friendly products (including collars, leashes, harnesses, and beds) created from hemp.
- CatsPlay.com has a variety of furniture for your favorite feline––from cat trees to kitty condos to scratching posts, all made from green, recycled, and recyclable materials. Many of this furniture is created from red cedar and cedar, so kitty can really dig her nails into the bark.
- Visit WestPawDesign.com to find a ton of eco-friendly products for dogs and cats made right here in the United States. I’m a fan of the Eco Nap, a mat perfect for traveling, available for dogs and cats. It is created from IntelliLoft® fabric, recycled plastic soda bottles, and recycled batting––it’s cozy and useful all at the same time.
But, if cash is an issue, or you just want to personalize your gift for your best bud, why not try your hand at some easy do-it-yourself holiday gifts?
- Fishing pole dog or cat toy. Take a ½ foot dowel, cut some ribbon twice as long as the dowel, tie the ribbon on to one end of the dowel and secure it with generous amount of glue. Tie a pom-pom tightly to the other end of the dowel and you have your own homemade fishing pole toy!
- Catnip sock toy. Have some old socks that are still in halfway decent shape but they’ve seen better days? Fill those socks up with dried catnip and if the sock is long enough knot it, or tie it with a ribbon or string and kitty will have hours of fun just batting an old sock filled with catnip! If you want to be extra resourceful, you can make your own catnip.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Lara Jackson is a freelance writer and editor. For more green tips, visit her blog.
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